Weekend course

William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty

Saturday 3 March 2018 - Sunday 4 March 2018

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Saturday 3 March 2018 - Sunday 4 March 2018

  • Seminar Room 1, South Kensington

  • Course price £195.00 - £288.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Celebrate the work of the artist, designer, conservationist, and socialist, William Morris, exploring the art and ideas that laid the foundations for the Arts & Crafts movement. A man of prodigious talents and energy, Morris urged his contemporaries to “have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and beautiful”. His insistence on artistry, craftsmanship, and quality helped revolutionise the late-Victorian interior, leaving a legacy that is still significant today.

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Jo Banham

Course Leader Jo Banham

Jo Banham was Head of the Adult Programmes in the Learning Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 2006 - 2016. She is currently co-curator of an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement organised by the Juan March Fundacion, Madrid and the Museu Nacional de Arte Catalunya, Barcelona.

I thoroughly enjoyed the two days. The course leader was very knowledgable, enthusiastic and easy to listen to. The trip to the Print Room to see the samples especially selected for our viewing was a real highlight. William Morris Weekend Course Student 2015/2016

Course Overview

Learn and discuss of Morris’s genius as a designer of flat pattern in textiles and wallpapers, and his collaboration with Philip Webb, Daniel Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and other artists associated with Morris & Co. The course will also examine the development of Morris’s ideas about craft and society, the evolution of his political beliefs, and his role in the creation of the Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts phenomenon, The Home Beautiful.


Explore the subjects you love

Join a group who share your passion, guided by expert tutors and drawing inspiration from the V&A collections. Refreshments served on arrival each morning.

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Weekend course: William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty

3 March 2018 - 4 March 2018

£195.00 - £288.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)